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2002 F250 alignment after 3"?

Hey guys, I'm in the process of ordering a 3" leveling/lift kit. I will be also using an adjustable track bar, I always thought when lifting you need to realign, but I heard from a couple credible sources that since it has a solid front end vs independent you don't need to re align? This all sounds strange to me.
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I had mine checked out just to be safe after I did it, and it was fine.
I wouldn't worry about it.
FWIW, we did a 3" add a leaf leveling kit yesterday and I was very happy with it. Guy charged my buddy $200 for the springs and u-bolts. Went in super easy. Looked great

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Hey guys, I'm in the process of ordering a 3" leveling/lift kit. I will be also using an adjustable track bar, I always thought when lifting you need to realign, but I heard from a couple credible sources that since it has a solid front end vs independent you don't need to re align? This all sounds strange to me.
What is the point of upgrading to an adjustable track bar, if you are not going to utilize it?

IMO you are crazy to lift/level anything and not get an alignment after.

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All the track bar does is center the axle.
With these solid axle trucks what could possibly change, other than track bar adjustment, when you only go up two or three inches?

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All the track bar does is center the axle.
With these solid axle trucks what could possibly change, other than track bar adjustment, when you only go up two or three inches?
When you go up 2.5" on 05+ trucks it shifts the front axle .75". So when you look at the front of the truck, one wheel is poking out 1.5" farther then the other wheel. Adjustable trac bars are made to shift the axle back to the center, when you lift/lower your truck.

I don't know how far 04- trucks get shifted when lifting them, I would imagine its similar to 05+ trucks.

Back to my original statement "Why buy an adjustable trac bar, if your not going to utilize it?" just my $.02.

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When you go up 2.5" on 05+ trucks it shifts the front axle .75". So when you look at the front of the truck, one wheel is poking out 1.5" farther then the other wheel. Adjustable trac bars are made to shift the axle back to the center, when you lift/lower your truck.

I don't know how far 04- trucks get shifted when lifting them, I would imagine its similar to 05+ trucks.

Back to my original statement "Why buy an adjustable trac bar, if your not going to utilize it?" just my $.02.
I agree with all of that, just not the spending money on an alignment part.
Adjust the trackbar in the driveway until the axle is centered. Easy and free.
Unless of course you're already paying someone to install the leveling kit.

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